ArmInfo.There were no complaints from the CSTO PA to international observers either from local observers or from voters, and the decent organization of the work of polling stations is observed. Sergey Kolbin, a member of the CSTO PA Standing Commission on Defense and Security, a member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, announced this.
He noted "some nuances that will certainly not affect the course of the elections, but were noticed": only two polling stations were found posted voter lists. According to Sergey Kolbin, safety and personal hygiene products for COVID-19 - masks, sanitizers, and other means - are available at all polling stations, and all polling stations are provided with them in sufficient quantity, and all security measures are carefully observed.
According to Sergey Kolbin, the voter turnout was not very high as of 11:00 am Yerevan time: by that time, about 10% of registered voters passed through some polling stations visited by observers.
"Observers from parties and blocs are present at polling stations, however, they are not always well-versed in who of them represents which party. It can be assumed, the Russian senator believes that some work with local observers was organized, but detailed briefings with people were not carried out, "he said.
At the polling stations, Sergey Kolbin continued, there are many young people with badges as observers, but they do not always remember and know about whose interests they represent, what they should monitor, and what they cannot interfere with.
"And one more thing: not all chairmen of precinct election commissions remember how many voters passed through their precinct, and not everyone remembers how many voters are registered behind their precinct. As for the voting process itself, it is generally clear and orderly," summed up Kolbin.
In turn, coordinator of the group of observers from the CSTO PA, Deputy Chair of the Jogorku Kenesh's Committee on International Affairs, Defence and Security Kanybek Imanaliev noted that the polling stations in the city of Yerevan, which were attended by international observers from the CSTO PA, opened on time, but some observers have minor technical comments.
Kanybek Imanaliev stressed that at the polling stations, the opening of which was attended by observers of the CSTO PA, in particular, at school No. 5, they were the only observers.
He also noted that observers of the CSTO PA will observe the voting in early elections to the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia not only at polling stations in Yerevan, but also in other regions of the Republic of Armenia.
Let us remind you that early elections to the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia are being held in Armenia on June 20. Polling stations opened on time - at 08:00 am Yerevan time.
25 political forces are participating in early elections: 21 parties and 4 blocs. At the polling station, voters receive ballots corresponding to the number of participating political forces, choose one of them, put it in an envelope and throw it into the ballot box. Observers from the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly are present at polling stations from the moment of opening until the end of the vote count.